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October 1985

Topical Skin Therapeutics

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San Francisco


M. K. Polano, 197 pp, $25, New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1984.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1340. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100120034

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Dr Polano has decades of experience as a practicing dermatologist and basic science investigator, with a strong interest in the principles and practices of skin therapeutics. This slim, highly practical volume provides what has long been needed for the English reader—a succinct, accurate, and perceptive approach to a scientific method of prescribing topical medications. Dr Polano admirably succeeds in giving the student and resident the opportunity of quickly learning what to prescribe and why.

The introduction, chapters, basic materials, and principles of formulation incisively give the fundamentals in a way that the pharmaceutical chemist, the pharmacist, and the physician can understand. The chapter "Noncorticosteroid Specific Drugs" admirably covers numerous agents, from acne and dandruff medications to tannic acid and tars. The chapter on corticosteroids combines both the basic science and practical recommendations. I know of no better, more efficient, and easy way to enter the field of topical skin therapeutics

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